How to Make Mele Kalikimaka Cookies with Video
Let’s make some Mele Kalikimaka cookies! Wait! Did you hear that? Listen close…
‘Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway’
Did you hear Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters singing? I feel kinda bad because that song is going to get stuck in your head. I’ll apologize now but I couldn’t help myself.
Have you ever watched Christmas movies and listened to your favorite Christmas music in the middle of July because you couldn’t wait until December? If you haven’t done these things you don’t know what you are missing!
For the last couple of years, I have been trying really hard to make my blog become a ‘Christmas in July’ Cookie spot and this year I have found something that has made things easy. It is wonderful because there isn’t any holiday stress. No Christmas parties, no shop until you drop mindset, no scraping the ice off of your car before you go to work because it’s just pure Christmas Cookie fun!
Supplies for Mele Kalikimaka Santa Cookies:
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Sugar Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe or Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe
Santa Cookie Cutter– This Santa Cookie Cutter is the reason I started decorating cookies and you can read all about it here.
- Flesh Colored Icing –AmeriColor Ivory with a very small amount of AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
- Red Icing-If you don’t like the bitter taste of red food gel you can use Wilton ‘No-Taste’ Red
- White Icing-If you’re looking for a bright white icing, try adding a little AmeriColor White Food Gel. It is amazing!
DIY White Sprinkles– make them a few days or weeks in advance and you can seriously stock up on DIY Sprinkles now so you’ll be ready for baking season.
Coarse White Sanding Sugar
Black Icing or Black Nonpareils for the eyes
Turkey Lacer, Boo-Boo Stick or Toothpick
Coffee filter to catch the excess sprinkles
Here is the tutorial for the Hibiscus Cookies that go with this set and there is also a list with links with the other cutters I used in this set.
- Begin decorating Santa by outlining and flooding the face, chest, arms, and feet with the flesh-colored royal icing.
- Place two black nonpareils on Santa’s face for his eyes or you can add two dots of black royal icing.
- Add a black nonpareil for Santa’s belly button and let the cookies dry for several hours.
- Next, pipe the hat and pants with the red icing and pipe a few white circles on his pants.
- Drag a turkey lacer, Boo-Boo Stick or a toothpick through the circle to make a flower. If you’re a visual person you can watch the video below to see how simple this wet on wet technique is.
- Let it dry for a few hours before you move to the next step.
After the red icing on the hat, an swim trunks has dried, place the Santa cookie in a coffee filter so you can add the fur.
- Start making the fur on the hat by piping a dot of white royal icing at the top of the hat and piping it in the brim area.
- While the royal icing is wet sprinkle them with sanding sugar.
- Next, pipe the white royal icing at the top and bottom of the swim trunks and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
- Let it dry for a few minutes.
- Bridget at Bake at 350° taught us this wonderful coffee filter tip for catching all the extra sprinkles. It’s great because it keeps you from making a huge mess and wasting your precious sprinkles.
- Aren’t his trunks cute?
- Next, use the white icing to make his beard because we all know Santa needs a beard even in the summer.
- Add the DIY White Sprinkles while the icing is wet.
- Don’t forget to use the coffee filter because we need those extra sprinkles for the other Santa cookies.
- Push the sprinkles around his face with the tip of your finger so Santa’s beard will look nice and neat and then let the cookies dry completely before you package or stack them.
Did you know that you can use your leftover royal icing to make DIY Sprinkles and you should make them now because you’ll be stocked up for the holidays?
Usually, the summer heat makes me cranky like the Grinch before Cindy Lou Hoo made his heart grow three sizes but now I am full of cheer and there’s joy in my heart. I think Santa’s shorts moved these Mele Kalikimaka Cookies to the top of my favorite cookie list because they’re so cute.
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